Fortunately Mexico is a small country of only 112 million people so we should have no trouble absorbing a mere 37 million people.
About six-in-ten Mexicans (61%) say they would not move to the U.S. even if they had the means and opportunity to do so. However, a sizable minority (35%) say they would move to the U.S. if they could, including 20% who say they would emigrate without authorization.
Three-in-ten Mexicans say they personally know someone who went to the U.S. but returned to Mexico because the person could not find work. About a quarter (27%) know someone who has been deported or detained by the U.S. government for immigration reasons in the last 12 months.
If you want to get a handle on how bill illegal immigration from south of the border is and how unlikely it is to go away any time soon without serious enforcement, consider that nearly a quarter of Mexico seems to know someone who was deported in the last year.
This is a huge problem that has been undercounted. If we don’t get serious about it, we will be Mexico. Interestingly though not all Mexicans are happy with the situation.
More than 11 million Mexicans live in the U.S., including about 6 million who are in the country illegally.1 Mexicans are divided on whether this is good or bad for their country; 44% say it is good for Mexico that many of its citizens live in the U.S., and an equal share say this is bad for Mexico.
We do need to look at ways to build on that attitude. The massive migration brings money to Mexico, but it also brings instability and the loss of a sizable percentage of the workforce. The border attracts the cartels. A truly closed off border with a wall that couldn’t be easily climbed over or bridged would help Mexico deal with its crime problem.